Recreation

Recreation is one of the premier opportunities for visitors to the Lassen National Forest.  From springtime wildflower hikes to snowmobiling miles of freshly groomed trails in the winter, there is something for everyone!  So go explore, camp, hike, kayak, fish, or just sit beneath the towering pines on a sunny afternoon and relax...  the Lassen welcomes you!

Here are some of our favorite places on the Lassen National Forest. We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do! Please note that pets must always be restrained or on a leash while in developed recreation sites, and that pets (except guide dogs) are not allowed in swimming areas.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Alder Creek Campground Open to Visitor Alder Creek Campground is closed for the winter season.
Almanor Beach Closed to Visitor
Almanor Group Campground Closed to Visitor For information and reservations please visit www.recreation.gov
Almanor North Campground Closed to Visitor Almanor North is closed for the winter season. Dispersed camping is allowed at no charge. No amenities are provided, please pack out all trash and abide by all rules and regulations.
Almanor RV Dump Station Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter season
Almanor South Campground Closed to Visitor Almanor South Campground is closed for the winter season.
Ashpan Open to Visitor Open
Aspen Grove Closed to Visitor
Battle Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Battle Creek Campground is closed for the winter season.
Big Pine Campground Closed to Visitor
Bogard Campground Open to Visitor
Bogard Visitor Center Open to Visitor Open.
Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor
Bridge Picnic Area Open to Visitor Open
Butte Meadows Campground Open to Visitor Butte Meadows is closed for the winter season. Dispersed camping is allowed at no charge. No amenities are provided, so please pack out trash and abide by all rules and regulations.
Canyon Dam Boat Launch Open to Visitor
Cherry Hill Campground Open to Visitor Cherry Hill Campground is closed for the winter season.
Christie Closed to Visitor .
Christie Day Use Open to Visitor .
Cold Springs Open to Visitor
Crater Lake Closed to Visitor Campground is maintained begining in May for summer season.
Domingo Springs Campground Closed to Visitor Domingo Springs Campground is closed for the winter season.
Eagle Campground Closed to Visitor
Elam Campground Open to Visitor Elam Campground is closed for winter season.
Elam Creek Rest Area Closed to Visitor
Eskimo Hill Open to Visitor Open
Fredonyer Parking Area Snowpark Open to Visitor Open. Winter activities later in the year...
Gallatin Beach Closed to Visitor Opens May 15th
Gallatin Marina Closed to Visitor Marina Store will open May 19th with limited hours and supplies.Full operation on Memorial weekend.
Goumaz Open to Visitor Water is turned off for winter.
Gurnsey Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Gurnsey Creek Campground is closed for the winter season
Gurnsey Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor For reservation, please visit www.recreation.gov.
Hat Creek Rim Overlook Closed to Visitor Closed
Heart Lake Recreation Trail Closed to Visitor unreachable
High Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor High Bridge Campground is closed for the winter season.
Hole-in-the-Ground Campground Closed to Visitor Hole in the Ground Campground is closed for the winter season. Dispersed camping is allowed at no charge. No amenities are provided, please pack out all trash and abide by all rules and regulations.
Legacy Campground Closed to Visitor Legacy Campground is closed for winter season.
McCarthy Point Lookout Closed to Visitor closed for the winter season.
Merrill Campground Closed to Visitor
Mud Lake Trailhead Open to Visitor The Mud Lake Trail Head for the Pacific Crest Trail is open.  This quiet spot is great for overnight camping along the trail and has plenty of turn around space for horse trailers.
Old Station Day Use Picnic Closed to Visitor Closed
Old Station Visitor Information Center Closed to Visitor Closed
Panoramic Point Open to Visitor Open
Potato Patch Campground Open to Visitor Potato Patch Campground is closed for the winter season.
Rocky Knoll Campground Closed to Visitor Rocky Knoll Campground is closed for the winter season.
Roxie Peconom Campground Open to Visitor Open.
Silver Bowl Campground Closed to Visitor Silver Bowl Campground is closed for the winter season. Dispersed camping is allowed at no charge. No amenities are provided, please pack out all trash and abide by all rules and regulations.
Soldier Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor Soldier Meadows Campground is closed for the winter season. Dispersed camping is allowed at no charge. No amenities are provided, please pack out all trash and abide by all rules and regulations.
Spattercone Nature Trail Closed to Visitor Spattercone Day Use Area is open through November 15, 2015.  Come and explore the cones and craters along the fissure that created the Hat Creek Lava FLow.  Be sure to bring plenty of water as shade is scarce.
Subway Cave Closed to Visitor Closed
Subway Cave Self Guided Trail Closed to Visitor closed
Thousand Lakes Wilderness Closed to Visitor unreachable
Warner Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Warner Creek Campground is closed for the winter season. Dispersed camping is allowed at no charge. No amenities are provided, please pack out all trash and abide by all rules and regulations.
West Eagle Campground Closed to Visitor

Spotlights

Legacy Campground

Legacy is a developed campground with 14 sites; maximum of 8 people is allowed per single site; 16 people maximum are allowed per double site. Water and electrical hookups are provided at each site, two sets of hook ups are provided at double site 11.   An RV pay per use dump station is located next to the campground.  Call the Almanor Ranger District for more information at (530) 258-2141.

Ashpan

Snowmobile route

Bridge Picnic Area

Bridge Day Use Area sits along the bubbling waters of Hat Creek.  Picnic tables and barbeques are available.  Great fishing opportunities.

Old Station Visitor Information Center

The Old Station Visitor Information Center is the hub of the Hat Creek recreation area. Here you can view interpretive displays including a living trout exhibit (seasonal) and delightful gardens. It is a pleasant stop to get answers to your forest questions. Maps, wood cutting permits, Christmas tree permits (Nov- Dec) nature books and interpretive items are available for sale.

Eskimo Hill

Winter sports area/snow sledding hill

Fire Danger Level: Low
Areas & Activities